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Dance Training

Weekly Open Classes

Looking for your child’s first dance class or wishing to improve and build on a pre-existing foundation within Contemporary Technique?

NorthWestDance and The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance (CAT) are currently offering online classes on a Friday evening 5.00 – 5.45pm, to participants from the age of 11 – 16 years old – a fun and insightful experience into the exciting world of dance, taught in the digital environment.

Our open classes allow young people to develop knowledge and skills in contemporary technique and the creative process, whether they are considering applying for the CAT at some point in the future, or simply love to dance.

For more information, complete this short form here.

Centre for Advanced Training in Dance

Are you aged 11-16 and love to dance? Then check out our Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme.

Part of a family of National CAT Schemes across the country, The Lowry CAT is a part-time, pre-vocational course that gives young people access to high quality dance training. It’s ideal if you’re hoping to progress toward full-time training in the future.

The scheme will give you an important foundation in dance and allow you to reach your potential towards a sustainable and successful career in dance.

Benefits include: 

  • Take part in a minimum of 9 hours of training per week in contemporary and ballet technique, pilates and creative exploration
  • Supplementary sessions – such as body conditioning, nutrition and dance in context
  • Intensive courses –  opportunities to work with some of the best national and international companies that visit The Lowry every year
  • Individual training plans (ITP) – each student will receive an ITP, which will set out the programme of training, study, work and related activities

The CAT is funded by the Music and Dance Scheme through the Department of Education, providing financial support for families through means-tested grants.

The CAT is funded by the Music and Dance Scheme through the Department of Education, providing financial support for families through means-tested grants.

  • 78% of families receive financial support from the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme
  • 48% of students receive full-grants for their training

Grants are means-tested based on family’s annual earnings per tax year, with deductions and allowances made for dependents in accordance with the Department for Education’s guidelines.

The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance (CAT) is currently offering schools, colleges, youth & community groups and Youth Dance Companies the opportunity to experience The Lowry CAT for FREE, in a format of their choice (according to organisational, local and national Covid-related restrictions) during February, March, April or May, ahead of the final CAT Auditions that will be held in June 2021.

These experiences are open to young people aged 11 – 16 and we have digital and in-person options available, with workshops created bespoke for you and your group.

For more information, complete this short form here.

NW Dance

NorthWestDance: The Lowry Youth Dance Partnership works closely with many different agencies and organisations around the North West and nationally to provide and champion high quality dance for young people across the region; promoting increased access to opportunities, raising standards and improving progression routes, through our varied projects and programmes. 

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